Tony Law's Surreal Guide to Surreal Comedy (BBC Radio 4 Extra)
First Broadcast 22 Feb 2014
Absurdist comedian Tony Law takes us on a journey through the twists and turns
of surrealism in comedy, with rare interviews from Gerard Hoffnung, Monty
Python sketches, and a first outing on 4 Extra for Chris Morris and Peter
Cook's "Why Bother?".
Helping Tony make sense of it all: Historian Mary Beard talks about the oldest
surviving joke book; comedian Sean Hughes remembers Elvis the talking spider;
comedy writer Robert Popper confesses to a prank call about Gordon Brown that
got slightly out of hand; and writer Will Self renders the entire exercise
practically pointless by asking us to be clearer about what the word
surrealism actually means.
Is the world becoming more surreal? Have the targets of surrealism changed?
ToneZone, as he insists the producer calls him, investigates...
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